Sailor Martin sings about what he knows. Ukulele, toy accordion, tambourine, wooden fish that makes "clopping" noises, and, at one point, a duet between a tin whistle and a plastic ocarina. The 15th and final entry in the RPM challenge. [more inside]
4th song of my rpm album - well, what's a trillion between good friends?
Sailor Martin find true romance. A song featuring ukulele, harmonica, wooden sand-filled egg, tambourine, and a duet between Sailor Martin and himself. Song 14 in the RPM challenge. [more inside]
this is the 3rd and title song for my new rpm album - it would seem to be about someone else but sometimes i think it might be about me [more inside]
A tropical shanty featuring ukulele, some horrible whistling, a cheese greater, and a glass struck by a spoon. Entry 13 in the RPM Challenge. [more inside]
2nd song on my rpm album - this is a kind of mellow song
A dance song from Sailor Martin, or, rather, a song about uncontrollable movement. Ukulele, harmonica, finger snaps, and a kazoo pushed through some sort of crazy filter. Song 12 for the RPM challenge. [more inside]
Another track from my last-minute RPM Challenge entry, "The Very Best of Spaz Rock - Volume I: Monsters of Spaz." Kind of a laid back, funky/clunky little number with soothing moments. [more inside]
this is the first song of my rpm album, kerosene alley - jj cale got the green light, but i had to make do with the yellow
Inspired words of actor Sean Penn, Sailor Martin sings a very short song of social change, accompanies by ukulele, harmonica, jew's harp, and tambourine. Entry 11 in the RPM challenge. [more inside]
A Sailor Martin song about discovering your lover is not who you expect her to be. Tambourine and ukulele. Entry 10 in the RPM challenge. [more inside]
A raucous garage-band blues number, featuring ukulele, tambourine, and harmonica. Entry number 9 into the RPM challenge is a song about a mean woman. [more inside]
A drinking song from the British Isles, written for an performed by Sailor Martin as song eight in the RPM challenge. Ukulele, egg, handclaps, and a tin whistle. [more inside]
I've pinpointed the reason our economy is in shambles. It wasn't the subprime mortgage crisis. It wasn't Bernie Madoff. It wasn't even the president. The moment our global economy collapsed was when Bob Barker retired as game show host. [more inside]
The second effort for this year's RPM Challenge from my experimental, noisy super-happy-fun project, "The Very Best of Spaz." Like its ocean dwelling namesake, this Immortal Jellyfish always manages to revert to its juvenile form. [more inside]
The fifth song for the RPM challenge. Sailor Martin does a song in the style of Andrew Bird. [more inside]
My first ever RPM challenge song, a sludgy, fuzzy guitar riff-driven groove in the grand tradition of Oneida, Brian Jonestown Massacre and Sabbath. [more inside]
The first RPM challenge song written for my creepy puppet, Sailor Martin. The title is self-explanatory. The electric guitar he is singing along to is actually a ukulele. [more inside]
So, for this year's RPM Challenge I have decided to go all out and write a rock opera. This is one of the few songs I have worked on so far, and the first one that has been completed. Granted, this should be somewhere in the middle or the rock opera, but, still, it's the first one finished, so I'm posting it anyway. [more inside]
An RPM Challenge song from last year, about breaking up with someone special, but not quite the one.
A upbeat, country-ish number about a guy who'd like his girl to finish up that last drink so we can hit the road already...
I came up with a weird little guitar line with a droning D string and put it over a steady tom beat punctuated with the occasional triangle. Figured it would be one of my RPM songs that didn't get used by my band, but the singer and bass player both love it. Anybody got and ideas on how to do this one with a group? [more inside]
I wrote this one at the last minute because I needed one more song for my RPM 2008 entry, but it has turned out to be one of my favorites.
Track 10 of 10 from my RPM entry. The vocal melody during the verse-ish bits is maybe a little too simple, but the whole song for me is kinda justified by the breakdown, which is the best I think I've ever gotten my voice to sound when recorded.
One of my two favorites from my RPM entry. I didn't have time to get a good vocal take, so it's a first take. It's not that weak though (the effects I would've put on it regardless). [more inside]
A real song! I kind of like the way it floats on before that ... off, bottom-of-the-well creepy harmony thing at the end. I dunno. 8 of 10 from my RPM entry.
song 10 of 10 for my rpm album, wolf moon
In which I do a bad Liars impression. 7 of 10 from my RPM entry.
track 9 of 10 from the rpm album wolf moon
song 8 of 10 for the rpm album wolf moon - tuning dgddad
Track 6 of 10 from my RPM08 entry. I think of all the underdeveloped tracks, this one's my favorite. A bit more time/work and it could be quite the heavy hitter.
song 7 of 10 from my rpm 08 album, wolf moon
Yet another track from my RPM challenge entry (5 of 10, as a matter of fact). Named rather literally, as this song isn't terribly developed and was kept around simply because it filled up some space.
song 6 of 10 of the 2008 rpm album, wolf moon
As much of an experiment in Wacky Vocal Effects as it is a proper song, from my point of view. I like the end bit with the keyboard part and the strange cycling. I'm surprised at how many people I've shown my RPM challenge entry to really like this one (It's one of the underdeveloped ones, as far as I'm concerned).
Third track from RPM08 thing.
song 5 of 10 of the rpm 08 album wolf moon
Second track from my RPM08 entry, and the first proper song. I find it kind of humorous and rather like the beat (and some, but not all of the heavy vocal processing). I couldn't quite get the chorus right but the creepy-processed-whisper-thing is a not-so-bad substitute. [more inside]
Another of my RPM Challenge 2008 songs.
song 4 of 10 of the rpm 08 album wolf moon
The first track from my entry for RPM08. Not much to say about it. Just a little 90-second mood-setter type thing.
A happy little song about a very annoying man. [more inside]
song 3 of 10 - for the rpm 08 album wolf moon
02 of 10 of the rpm album, wolf moon
1 of 10 for the new rpm album, wolf moon
A song I recorded for the 2008 RPM Challenge.
A song I recorded for the 2008 RPM Challenge.
kind of a throwaway instrumental i tacked on to my rpm album ... best described as hawaiian slack-key fuzzrock ... 07 of 07 ... coming soon - "herby and the polar bear club"
Sort of a flipside to Sleepover. Same childhood.
6th song in my rpm album